June 13, 2024

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BREAKING: Colleges of education lecturers declare nationwide strike

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union has
directed its members nationwide to “ immediately ”
withdraw their services .
The lecturers accused the Federal Government of
failing to provide outstanding N 441 billion resulting
from the recieved NEEDS Assessment of the Federal
Colleges of Education.
President of COEASU, Nuhu Ogirima , made this known
during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday .
He said , “ We have directed our members nationwide
to withdraw their services with effect from today
( Thursday ).
“ It is quite evident that the union ’ s agitation is an
existential struggle geared towards revitalisation of the
COE system . As the main entity for the training of the
teachers and managers of the foundation level of the
nation ’ s education system , the sustained neglect of
COEs portends a grave implication for the development
of the entire educational system .
“ So, the union hereby formally declares that all options
are open for an industrial action against the Federal
Government and some notorious state governments.
The public should take notice that the NEC shall
reconvene shortly to unveil the series of measures that
the union shall take towards bailing the COE system
from the doldrums and further decadence inherent in
the wanton neglect by the government . ”
According to him, several efforts through
correspondences to get the Federal Government to
attend to the demands of the FCsoE in Nigeria failed to
yield results .
The COEASU President also alleged that Federal
Government had been manipulating academic staff
salary with the imposition of the Integrated Personnel
Payroll Information System ; unilateral stoppage of
payment of academic staff on sabbatical leave ;
imposition of non – negotiated Personal Income Tax and
over deduction of payable amount of Contributory
Pension Scheme.

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